Swedish Sinologist Göran Malmqvist Spoke at NTNU
Göran Malmqvist was born on 6 June 1924 in Jönköping, Sweden. Following introductory studies of Chinese under Sinologist Bernhard Karlgren at Stockholm University, Malmqvist studied in China in 1948 - 1950. He then returned to Stockholm, taking a Licentiate of Arts degree in 1951. His international research career started shortly thereafter with a lectureship in Chinese at the University of London in 1953 - 1955. He was then appointed Swedish cultural attaché in Peking and worked in China. He is an expert in Ancient Chinese and has translated lots of modern Chinese writings such as novels by Shen Tsung Wen, Lu Xun, Gao Xingjian, Li Rui and poems by Bei Dao.
NTNU emphasis on humanities education, we have invited Gao Xingjian, Professor N.G.D.Malmqvist, Mo Yan, Leo Lee and other world known masters as chair professor. Professor N.G.D.Malmqvist came to Taiwan with his wife and gave two key note speeches on November 8th and 15th with the topic of “Some Understanding of Ancient Chinese Grammar' on Chinese Poetry and “Chinese Short Poems in 1920s and Sweden The poet Tomas Gösta Tranströmer’s haiku”. During the speech, he talked about the poems in ancient China and in Taiwan, ended in the Swedish poet's haiku, which fully demonstrated the charm of a scholar. Professor N.G.D.Malmqvist is more than 90 years old, but he is still energetic, humorous and calm. All the teachers and students were impressed by his passion for knowledge.
Prof. N.G.D.Malmqvist started to learn Chinese in 1946 and this year marks his 70th anniversary of learning Chinese. NTNU held a memorable tea party to celebrate this lovely experience of learning and reading Chinese. This series of activities is novel, enrich, so that teachers and students that come to this even can have a new understanding of Chinese and literary creation. According to NTNU faculty, 'It will continue to be a key concept for the school to provide students with a broad academic perspective and a strong humanism through the guidance of world known masters.'